The Dark Web is a place where all sorts of illegal things tend to be sold, from drugs to weapons to various other services that are both illegal and highly unethical. However, not all items bought and sold on the Dark Web are so dramatic, with some of them being little more than credit card details, although they can be very detrimental to the people they belong to.
The theft of your credit card information can be detrimental because it’s the kind of thing that could end up draining you of all your finances. Therefore, it makes sense that they are a very popular type of product on the Dark Web. A new report by Nord VPN in conjunction with cybersecurity researchers who were analyzing the databases where these cards were kept shows just how serious the matter is, with one of the cybersecurity experts having access to a database of ‘about 4.5 million credit cards.
With all of that said and now out of the way, it’s important to note that the price at which a stolen credit card can be purchased on the Dark Web is actually very low, with an average of around $10 being reported. The United States alone has 1.6 million of its credit cards for sale on the Dark Web, with California, Texas and Florida being among the most commonly targeted states, all considered and accounted for.
Nord also gave the countries a threat index of 0 to 1, and virtually every country in Europe as well as other countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United States saw their index reach the dreaded figure of 1. This suggests that many people living in these countries may have already had their credit card information stolen without them realizing it. This is a problem that is getting worse by the day, and the cheap price at which these credit cards are sold indicates how easy they are to acquire.
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